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Mainland reports 12th flu case

THE Ministry of Health confirmed a new case of swine flu yesterday in Hunan Province, bringing the total number of H1N1 victims on the Chinese mainland to 12.

And a 56-year-old Hong Kong woman who had flown in from San Francisco tested positive for swine flu yesterday, becoming the special administrative region's 10th case.

The mainland patient was reported to be a 19-year-old male from Changsha, capital of Hunan. The provincial health department said he had been studying at an unidentified US university.

The patient took Air China flight CA982 from New York to Beijing last Thursday and then went on to Changsha on Friday via Air China flight CA1349.

He developed a sore throat and cough on Friday and was put under observation at the Changsha Center for Disease Control and Prevention the following day. On Monday, his cough worsened, and he was sent to the Public Health Treatment Center in Changsha, where he remained under quarantine.

Authorities have located 56 Hunan residents who were on the CA1349 flight and urged health authorities in 23 regions of the country to find the remaining 101 passengers.

The patient had close contact with 21 Hunan residents, including flight passengers and those he met after arrival in Hunan. Eighteen have been quarantined and three others are being sought.

The ministry noted that the victim was on the same plane as a 65-year-old man who became the fourth case of swine flu reported in Beijing.


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